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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Seven thousand meters below the ocean’s surface, the crew of the BathyTech 3 mineral mining facility has found something remarkable: a rock-like sphere of unknown material and origin.

For Mo Rees, the discovery calls to his inner explorer and adds color to his dull miner’s life. Even better than the promise of new knowledge is the unexpected connection he forges with Dr. Ar
Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 20th 2015 by Riptide Publishing (first published April 18th 2015)
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Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

13/8 - I'm expecting this to remind me of the movie Sphere, with Samuel L. Jackson and Dustin Hoffman. In Sphere what is believed to be an alien spacecraft is found on the bottom of the ocean. Upon entering the craft it's determined that it's actually American and from the future. On board they find a 'perfect sphere' that floats in mid air and has an apparently impenetrable surface which reflects everything around it except humans. Over time the Sphere begins to effect the moo
Karen Wellsbury
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 really, not quite 4

The horror/ suspense in this book was great, one of my favourite films is The Abyss, and Down has this kind of feeling about it, as well as much more.
There is a real feeling of menace/ excitement in this book, and pace wise it really gets going, the whole thing happens over 2 weeks. This part gets 4.5 stars

The romance is less believable, for about the first 60% of the book it didn't actually seem important compared to the suspense, and I wondered what the relevance of Mo
Wart Hill
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc2015, netgalley
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

So. That was super creeptacular!

Seriously. It was like. So. Very. Creepy. Like, the best eerie sci fi with wtf unknown creatures lurking in the darkness. Except in book form! Which. Hell yes! I really liked the setting - don’t get me wrong, I LOVE space, but deep sea exploration is also super cool and I love it.

So, the book is set in an undersea mining community. Like. SUPER DEEP. And they found something. That they can’t scan. Which
Tully Vincent
Eerie at places and quite original--the premise was interesting and the ending was enjoyable, especially how the last line circled back to the beginning.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When you are halfway through a book and really do not want to pick it up again, it's time to say good-bye or start some rapid skimming. As I wanted to know how the story plays out, I skimmed a lot from about 57% into the book.

I really wanted to like this. I expected a mix of The Abyss, which I love to pieces, and The Last Days on Mars (Liev Schreiber, zombies on Mars, very creepy) and I wasn't that far off. The first 40% or so of the story were interesting enough, with some nice, initial story s
Down by Ally Blue is a surprisingly creepy book! The setting is one of the least explored vistas on Earth, the ocean floor, seven thousand metres down. They might as well be in space. The BathyTech 3 mineral mining facility is pressurized and air-locked. Any trip outside requires specialised equipment, including an oxygenated mist to keep the miners’ lungs from collapsing.

The story begins with the discovery of a spherical rock that cannot be identified. On scans, the object disappears, as if it
John Inman
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cool book. I loved it. Spooky, original, sweet in places, scarier than hell in others. I'll never look at mermaids the same way again, I know that much. ...more
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2015, horror
Ally Blue’s Down was something wholly different than what I expected. Maybe the cover should have been an indicator (it’s rather disturbing and horror like), but there are clearly two men mentioned in the blurb (while there is romantic involvement the situation around the Bathy Tech 3 is clearly the story), and I received the book from Riptide (they do romance mostly). I was expecting romance. What I got was a horror, very creepy horror. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn’t even remotely disappoint ...more
Make no mistake, this is a well crafted, well written, strong science fiction book which I thoroughly enjoyed and yet I struggled so with the rating for it.

The MCs, Armin and Mo, are well written and developed but that spark of sexiness was lacking. I know it wasn't a book with smexiness, but it could have had a couple of hot moments between them.

The rest of the characters are strong and the whole story carries out well, with one big flaw... we never really find out the why behind it all... what
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! This is horrifying and amazing and intriguing all at once!!!

The implications of what the "mermaids" are and where they are from (also what they are doing) is super creepy! This book is gruesome, bloody, grabs a hold of you and doesn't let you go... until you choose:

"Change, or die."
Susan Laine
4.75 stars. Down is not a romance. This is pure science fiction survival horror where the protagonists just happen to be gay. All but one of the sex scenes happen off-page. And that single sex scene is twisted and weird, pretty much dubious consent, showcasing how far off the deep end they’ve all gone. So if you’re looking for sex or sensuality, erotic or romance, look elsewhere.

The main characters are Mo Rees, a miner, and Armin Savage-Hall, a scientist. To me, their connection deepened too fas
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the blurb for this book, I was thinking something like The Abyss, Sphere, maybe even Starfish (Peter Watts)?

The horror component of the book was fairly decent. It was creepy in parts, and the sense of isolation many leagues down in the dark, cold ocean was well done. However, the plot was a bit disjointed. There was a secret that was kept for too long, and people who allowed themselves to be isolated inst
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Exciting, entertaining, intriguing, riveting--and best of all, apocalyptic! A truly engrossing story of one of the few remaining frontiers--the extreme ocean depths. Set far into the future 22nd century, mineral miners discover a suspicious unknown "something" deep in the Pacific. It's not just unknown--it's earth-changing. The Gay element between miner Mo and theoretical marine geologist Dr. Armin is delectable and heartwarming. DOWN is a re-reader, and I'd like to see
Chris, the Dalek King
Mo has wanted to work in the deep of the ocean since he was a kid running around the blood-soaked streets of his home. And he loves being on BathyTech 3, working as a miner, even if the company can get a bit dull after months underwater. However, when something new and strange is found, and a group of scientist, led by Dr. Armin, come down to check it out, dull is smashed to peaces like a coke can at the bottom of the ocean.

But while Mo and Armin hit it off (and hook up) nearly moments after see
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Leviathanesque deep sea horror story. Excellent world building of a futuristic society not too varied from our own. The whole of the story takes place within maybe a week. (view spoiler) It seems like such a short period of time to get to know the characters, much less for the two main characters to begin to like each other, but it really works, and you want them to mak ...more
Originally published at West Coast Book Reviews.

Down is my first Ally Blue novel and I'm now a fan. I will definitely read more.

Down takes us deep, very deep, to a place where sunlight is no more than a memory and the ocean pressure will crush a person beyond recognition. For the men and women of BathyTech, however, much more waits.

I like Armin and Mo very much, particularly together. Theirs is a story of romance under pressure.

I also really liked that in addition to excellent suspense and tensi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

I have never read anything from this author before. I thought the picture on the front of the book looked really creepy and the synopsis sounded even creepier.

I think anything at the bottom of the ocean would freak me out anyway, but throw in some weird contagion changing people and that would just make it complete!

I wasn't too sure about the book at first because it seemed like the love interest
It's pretty insta-lovey. The protagonists start with a several-nights stand, but they're having intense feelings almost immediately.
The characters in general aren't memorable.
Their behavior of the medical personnel in the event of a contagious outbreak is ridiculous. There are protocols for these things, you know? Well, they don't. People make the typical mistakes that must be made in bad horror, if everyone was smart and efficient shit would be too easily solved. Christ, most of the time I felt
Apr 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wallbangers
I pre-ordered this on Riptide. Ally Blue was, till now, an auto-buy for me. I only glanced at the blurb, and assumed it was paranormal. Silly me.

It's a horror novel. If I wanted to read horror, I'd buy Stephen King.

I deleted it from my iPad, and threw away the PDF.

Yes, I'm pouting.
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I liked this book. It reminded me a lot of Event Horizon. (view spoiler) All in all 3.5-4 stars. ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's bad, there's worse, and then there's this story... I look at some of these other ratings and it's like we have been reading different books. Or the bar is so low, one might trip over it... ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad horror it reminded me of Alien a bit

Spectacular novel! I had a hard time putting it down. I really love the ending .....
Alexander Shay
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, lgbt
While I was happily surprised to find this on shelf at my library, that was probably the most satisfaction I got from this book. It's not bad by any means, and I loved the creatures and the science behind what was going on. It's clear Blue has thought out the process and the purpose, from the stones to the changing and everything between.
What kind of disappointed me was there weren't any surprises. Blue does a good job at setting things up so a reader wouldn't be angry over something happening o
A vision of vast black seas exploded behind Armin’s eyes—oceans spanning entire worlds, deep and crushing, cold as space. In that endless void swam things whose shape and substance defied description, whose thoughts cut like razor wire and left his psyche slashed and bleeding. [loc. 4671]

A science fiction novel with horror elements, set seven kilometres beneath the ocean's surface, and featuring a romance between two male characters. Mo Rees is a deep-sea miner, part of the team on the BathyTech
Sean Whatshisface
Absolutely loved this. It's always so refreshing to find a book that features queer characters as just a part of the story, not the main focus. The relationship in this book is not front and center, and honestly isn't really fully formed until 2/3 of the way through.

This is first and foremost a horror story, and what a great horror story it is! There were moments in this book where I literally got a chills -- and I consider myself pretty jaded to the genre. The tension is perfectly paced, with e
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely somewhere between 3.5/4*
A chilling read about deep sea miners and scientists- and all the horrors of something going wrong at 7000ft down. And go wrong they do!
Armin and Mo got together v quickly - maybe we can blame the lack of dating opportunities at that depth!
Once strange things keep happening no one is safe - either from contamination or from those affected. Some gruesome deaths. Seemingly no way out. No obvious cause - beyond the ‘rock’ - for infection and who will or will not.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because it was recommended for people who liked Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. While I prefer that book, this book hits a lot of the same beats in interesting ways. I liked the premise and think the horror and science aspects were pretty well done, and I liked the characters. The sex scenes sort of smacked me in the face at first - I was expecting a little more of a slow burn, and the continuing romance didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense with all the horror bits hap ...more
Esther Jones
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was chilling. Not my usual type of story, but very well done.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good. There where some parts I had to skim through but overall not bad.
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Ally Blue penned her first tale at age eight, relating the breathless terror of her little sister’s not-quite-fatal encounter with a bee in the backyard. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with storytelling. She now writes gay romance of all flavors, and has recently branched into writing her first love: horror. She continues her neverending quest to scare herself. She is not a hippi ...more

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